Azimut Yachts, part of Italy’s Azimut/Benetti Group of yacht manufacturers, is a leading builder of luxury yachts from 11.8 metres to more than 36 metres in length. Azimut is the largest yacht manufacturer by volume listed in the Boat International Media Global Order Book, a position it has enjoyed for a number of years.
History of Azimut Yachts
Azimut Srl got its start in 1969 when Paolo Vitelli, as a college student, started a sailing yacht chartering business in Turin, Italy. During the 1970s, Vitelli gradually moved the company into boat manufacturing. In 1970, Azimut entered a joint venture with Ameriglass to design the AZ 43’ Bali, a 13-metre, mass-produced fibreglass leisure boat that quickly gained popularity, securing Azimut’s place as an international manufacturer of production yachts.
Over the years, Azimut has maintained market leadership through continuous innovation. A striking example is Azimut’s use of large hull windows to connect guests aboard its yachts to the sea outside. Its yacht model series feature progressive, contemporary styling and aggressive performance. Azimut motor yachts also are known for their elegant modern interiors.
In 2013, sister yacht brand Atlantis was merged into Azimut Yachts, putting five luxury yacht series together under the Azimut marque: Flybridge, S, Magellano, Atlantis, and the Azimut Grande superyacht collection.